It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Accomplishments and Kathy Was Upset With Me.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

We needed to run the cube heater again last night from the safety of the stove top. As we sat bundled up as if we’d just completed an Arctic trek having our breakfast this morning we knew that it wasn’t a day that we wanted to be working outside but once we saw the weather report on the computer we knew that we had to.
Mother Robin was very upset that we put our shed so close to her nest.
Kathy finished a few inside chores before joining me and when she came outside to join me I heard the distinctive sound of an electronic shutter taking pictures. It has been a while since we’ve gotten fresh pictures so we have really been trying to document the changes we’ve been going through in our new Fulltiming Lifestyle. I continued adding the roof panels to the shed until I was on such uneven ground that I needed Kathy to stabilize the ladder so I could finish the rear of the roof. That was when I noticed the number of Robin’s eggs in the nest directly behind the shed. When I applied the last fastener I had her pass me the small point and shoot camera so I could take a picture but when I previewed the shot the message “Unable to Save” flashed on the screen. That’s when it dawned on me that I hadn’t replaced the SD card after uploading yesterday’s pictures. That’s when Kathy got upset because she’d taken pictures of birds, budding flowers, me working and they were all gone. I’ve read of a lot of other people making the same mistake so I didn’t let it bother me too much. She retrieved the card and I was able to see the inside of the nest much better. It was 1:00 by the time we stopped for lunch but we didn’t dawdle inside because the sky was starting to change outside. We were finally finished by 3:00 which included installing a shelving unit inside we had brought from the apartment.
Just about done the roof.
At that point we had more errands to run such as dropping off more garbage and recycle at the park’s Trash and Recycle center. Another trip was made to the McGregor Home Hardware to return the leftover Tapcon screws. Kathy also wanted to get one more Emerald Cedar to create a more natural privacy curtain behind our site but this time we headed to the Canadian Tire in Amherstburg.
Need another piece.
By the time we got there the rain was coming down fairly steady but we were lucky enough that they also had the same shrubs on Sale for the same price of $30.00. We also searched for larger decorative pots to put them in so they would still be stable but allowing the shrubs room for some growth.
Drilling a hole for the bottom latch.
We got the plant but had to go to Walmart for the pots and potting soil but they had no stone for the bottom of the pot. That would have to come from the local building supply store.
Adjusting the door latch.
We stopped at Kevin and Melissa’s where we had a very short visit and we picked up the pressure washer so we can clean up the picnic table that had been brought to our site. Melissa also gave Kathy a bag that when it was later opened contained a birthday gift to each of us. Thank you Melissa for always being so thoughtful and caring.
Our new on site storage shed where can leave things when we are away.
 
At the Amherstburg Home Hardware Building Center we picked up a nice stain we’ll use to put on the picnic table once it has been cleaned along with a couple of bags of gravel for inside the decorative pots for our privacy curtain.

It was past 6:00 by the time we got back to the park so we simply went to the 19th Hole restaurant to have supper. The place was packed and the service was slower than last week but the food was still top notch.

The rain is still falling fairly steady and should stop by lunchtime tomorrow. We’re sure we’ll find something to get into.  Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.
 

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

The only time you have parallel parked was during your driving test.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Whirlwind Of Errands And A Happy Birthday.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

This morning when we first got up we were both still feeling tired but not as chilled as when we had gone to bed last night. We cheated and left the electric cube heater all night safely positioned on top of the stove in the kitchen. The dry heat helped take some of the humidity from the air making it so we weren’t sitting at the breakfast table shivering from the cold temperatures.

Today was Kathy’s birthday so after breakfast and getting caught up on the blogs we follow (All of our sidebar.) we started planning where we needed to go this afternoon. We actually wrote a list of all the places we needed to go and what we needed to do at those places.

After having eaten a light lunch we loaded the truck with things that are no longer needed at the trailer. Our first stop was in the park itself at the Trash and Recycling Center where it is well organized and there are no odors caused by the trash.
Heading out the gate our next stop was the McGregor Home Hardware where Kathy purchased a couple of the smaller sized food storage containers that she finds so handy because they are stackable and don’t waste precious space in the cupboards.
Next we stopped at Sun Parlour Trailer where I unloaded RV Parts that are still in good to perfect condition that I have changed on our trailer. Instead of throwing them in the trash they find a new life in an RV that has been traded in and needs some quick fixes. In exchange Rob gives me discounts on my purchases.
Since we were so close we drove back to our son Kevin’s home in Amherstburg. Being that he wasn’t there yesterday to drop off more things that we’ll no longer be needing. He and Melissa use what they need and pass the rest on to others who might need them. Even though we donate a lot of STUFF to charitable organizations it’s still nice to help out family.
We then had to drove all the way back to Windsor where our first stop was the Wholesale Club. We picked up more cough drops and even a few other things at a lower price than even at the Dollar Store.
The next stop was at Home Depot where Kathy was looking for things to spruce up our campsite to give it a more of a homey feel. I was there to get some bricks to place around the fire ring and the plywood for the floor of the shed we are building. Luckily I was able to have the plywood cut to the exact size at no additional costs which will also be a time saver for me.

After fastening down our load we drove to the Provincial Road Nursery. Kathy wanted to accomplish some privacy at the rear of our site similar to what other sites had done by using potted trees or grasses. She inquired which would be the hardiest and would survive the winter season in the pots. The Emerald Cedar was the one most highly recommended but were on the expensive side at $80.00 apiece. With the excuse the back of the truck was full we left without a purchase. 

We had to drive north on Walker Road but by the time we reached County Road 42 we were detoured into bumper to bumper traffic due to a traffic accident. A semi had been making a turn when a number of automobiles ended under the trailer. Emergency personnel on the scene did not seem to be hurrying. We’ll find out more on the late News.  
We finally arrived at Guardian Storage where we collected a pile of mail from our mailbox. We then drove back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit where we shopped for things that we needed at the trailer and left behind things that we didn’t need at the trailer. If this keeps happening, we might even see some bare spots.
We then had to go to the Credit Union where Kathy went in to do some banking.
Across the road we went to Walmart because Kathy needed to make an exchange but we ran into Moe who I worked with for over thirty years in the trades. Since his wife Sherri was still in the store we met for pop at the instore McDonalds. The last time we’d seen them last summer Fulltiming hadn’t even crossed our minds. They were amazed and happy that we were doing this. We spent nearly an hour getting caught up on a number of different things. After Moe and Sherri left we checked out the nursery items Walmart had in stock and didn’t find anything that interested us.
It was nearly 5:00 so we had planned on having supper at the Michigan Dinner on Manning Road but when we arrived the parking lot was full and people were standing outside. I dropped Kathy at the door but by the time I circled the building without finding a place to park she was already outside saying it would be a long wait. It was nearly 5:30 by the time we had driven back to their Tecumseh Road location where we enjoyed our usual Fish and Chip dinners that the local chain is famous for.
We had a 7:00 appointment but were too early and we wanted to walk off our supper so we stopped at Canadian Tire. Before going in the store we noticed a lot of potted trees that looked familiar. They were the same Emerald Cedars that we’d seen at the Nursery and they were priced at $50.00 which was a better deal but when we moved a couple there was another sign saying they were on Sale for $30.00 apiece. It didn’t take long to find a couple of shopping baskets and purchase the shrubs of our choice. Remember the back of the truck being full as an excuse, it didn’t take long to rearrange it either. 
Kathy cutting her birthday cake and Karen serving it with Ice Cream.
One more stop was at our daughter Karen’s home where she had a small cake and some flowers in celebration of Kathy’s birthday. We were there well over an hour for a short but pleasant visit.

It was dark by the time we got Home we immediately turned the electric heater on and started getting ready for bed from a very tiring day. Now if you counted that was seventeen stops today. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time. 

Krackers

Witty Words of Wisdom 

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weather Related Delays


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

It was pleasant listening to the rain tapping on the roof as we slept through the night but this morning when we got up the continued rain and the wind that was shaking the trees around us brought with it a cold dampness inside that eventually forced us to turn on some heat.
With the continuing rain and the almost winter like cold the decision was made to wait until it cleared before resuming our outdoor project. Later while sitting at the computers we received a phone call from the McGregor Home Hardware telling us our food storage containers had arrived. Since I also needed to exchange a masonry bit and Tapcon screws that I’d purchased yesterday we’d certainly be going there this afternoon.
For lunch Kathy made a wonderful salad that she topped with the leftover chicken that I grilled on the Weber yesterday. Watching outside we also enjoyed the antics of the birds that are presently making their nests. The way they get some of the materials is hilarious and shows their commitment to getting the job done. We were also amazed at where some of the nests were being built. We’ve had some built in our Pinbox in the past. In the crook of the tree behind where we are installing our shed that was only about seven feet from the ground. Today I watched as a couple of robins that were making their nest on top of the waste outlet on a trailer that is presently unoccupied.

Shortly after eating we were on our way to the McGregor Home Hardware store where I had no problem exchanging the remainder of yesterday’s purchase and picking up Kathy’s food storage containers. Due to the unseasonable weather after looking around if there were any other treasures we might get we were on our way to Amherstburg. Kathy wanted to try to get some household items that she knew Walmart carried and that was the closest location. By the time we left there we had what she had set out to get and more. Like the birds she likes to give her surroundings a personal appeal.

We stopped at our son Kevin’s to drop off some containers that we’ve replaced from the trailer and for me to borrow a builder’s square. When we arrived nobody was home and everything was locked up so that errand will have to wait until the next time we are in town.

Getting back Home there was still a light rainfall that caused us to turn the heat on again to get the chilly dampness out of the air. With a dryer warmer day forecasted for tomorrow I’m looking forward to getting things finished outside and better organized. Kathy is still fine tuning the inside of our Home. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If

You gain five pounds every "Taco Tuesday."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Organizing And Assembly Starting To Show.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

I was up by 7:30 this morning and managed to get an entire half hour of reading in before Kathy crawled out of bed. The last few days of getting the apartment emptied and then organizing the trailer (our Home) had taken a toll on the both of us. Once breakfast was over and we got an hour of reading in we chose to continue with our organizing Kathy on the inside and myself out.
With today being the only nice weather forecasted for our area for the next week I chose to start assembling the frame work to our new shed. Even though it is all made of sheet metal and held together with hundreds of screws I had the entire base put together by the time Kathy called me for lunch.
Birds watching what I'm doing.
After lunch I was trying to assemble the polycarbonate walls to the lower framework with the corner posts attached. The instructions called for me to drop the panels down from the top so they could interlock. The instructions didn’t allow for the wind to pick up to speeds of twenty miles an hour. Kathy seeing me struggle came out to help with the assembly. We found many of the screw holes that were supposed line right up were far from their marks but with a little push and shove we got the walls together.

At 4:00 we drove to the Office where we paid the cash for the cement pad that was delivered ready made to size for our shed to be attached to. We continued into McGregor to the Home Hardware where I purchased some Tapcon screws and a masonry drill bit to fasten the shed down with. Our food containers we had ordered the other day had not arrived yet.
Got caught sitting to assemble the roof framing.
Back Home while Kathy got things ready for supper inside I started drilling to fasten the shed down to the slab but as soon as I started applying the Tapcon screws they both snapped off without doing what they are supposed to do. I’ll exchange the rest for a different type of anchor. Now it was also time for me to grill a couple of large chicken breasts on our Weber Q. After preheating I lowered the heat so they would cook thoroughly.  As George would say Low and Slow. Everything tasted Great.
Momma Robin keeping an eye on me from another tree.
After supper I continued adding the roof framing which also helped to stiffen the rest of the structure. One of our neighbors across the street from us was about to leave when we briefly spoke and he mentioned that he had just moved his trailer here from another park. That rang a bell when he said that and I asked him if he knew Dan the building manager from the apartment building we had just vacated. Sure enough this was Bob that Dan had been telling us about and that he planned to come to visit this summer. Amazing that he is so close. By 7:30 the wind was picking up so we packed up working on the shed for today. Without the roof and doors not too much can happen to it at this time.
It wasn't until I was attaching the roof framing
I noticed a nest with eggs in the tree behind the shed.
Slowly things are starting to come together but what’s the rush we have plenty of time to do things now that we are Fulltimers. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time. 

Krackers

A fine line by Mark Twain 

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Adjusting to Being Fulltimers.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

With the pressure of getting rid of the apartment off our minds we were finally able to relax to the point where we slept until nearly 8:00 this morning. It felt good to enjoy having that second cup of coffee something we haven’t done since the end of last week. Even with that load lifted from our shoulders as we talked at breakfast our list of things we should have just gotten rid of (STUFF) kept on growing. Only taking long enough to check the local news, weather and E-mails on the computers we were once again back to the task of organizing the trailer but not like we had in the past as a getaway home but as Our Home”.
If at all possible we hate to leave any bills outstanding and when we had come Home yesterday and found the concrete pad in place for our new shed, we knew we just had to pay for it today. When we got to the office we were given two prices and the one for cash was way cheaper. We said we’d be back later to pay it because most of our cash evaporated this weekend.

Back at Home, Kathy started reorganizing some of the many containers that had been brought to the trailer as the last load of our belongings were removed from the apartment yesterday. Those included more toiletries than we need to have on hand at any given time as well as finding a spot to store in an organized fashion all the early Cxxxxxxxs gifts that she has already wrapped.

One of the necessities that I dealt with was getting batteries installed in all the clocks, alarms and flashlights we have on board. The next thing I needed to do was to set up our Home-office. The problem was that now having more home features than ever before I had to use a couple of power bars to achieve the setup. With time we are hoping this will all change and be less complicated.

After a snack for lunch we headed to Amherstburg just to look around and to better familiarize ourselves with the town. We managed to find the laundromat that we thought we’d be using but found their prices to be high. It is fairly new but I don’t plan on paying for the place by myself. Next we found a local branch of our bank where we picked up the money for our cash transaction.

We drove over to our son Kevin’s home to pick up the shed we had stored there since we purchased it back in the beginning of March. When Kevin and I unloaded it back then we had struggled to do it. Today we didn’t hesitate to take it out of the box to load it in the bed of the truck. “Thanks again Kevin for storing it for us.”

Kathy told me the instructions to the shed had stated that I would need some clear silicone sealer so when we left Kevin’s place we drove to Canadian Tire where Kathy stayed with the truck to guard it, while I sorted through the dozens of different types of silicone available before buying just the right one.

Kathy somehow had packed away our dish soap from the apartment in the storage unit so as we drove to Walmart I spotted a Little Caesar’s. Since our lunch snack was long gone I dropped Kathy off at Walmart while I went in and ordered a medium Hawaiian pizza for our supper. I could see the truck plain as day so I could see if anyone had tried to tamper with the load. I was just getting in the truck with the pizza when Kathy arrived with a few groceries. The aroma from that fresh baked pizza was too much for our hunger and we sat right there in the truck and had our supper.

Back at Home while Kathy continued organizing things I unloaded and secured the shed so the wind would not make kites out of the panels. We are still learning the channels for our local news, the Weather Network and the few other channels we are interested in. As each day passes and we become better organized we’ll be able to start enjoying more of the benefits of our new Fulltiming Lifestyle. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes

Resume Blunders

One resume included drawings of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, then when we called the applicant in for an interview, his twin brother came as well. They had duplicate resumes and showed the same portfolio of work. 

David Langton, Langton Cherubino Group, Ltd., CNN.com

Monday, April 25, 2016

Apartment’s Gone And We Now Are Truly Fulltimers


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

With the intention of sleeping in this morning we stayed in bed until 7:00. The desire to close up the apartment was knawing in the back of both our minds. We discussed a plan while having breakfast of how to open up additional space in the Climate Controlled Storage Unit. We have not only furniture we’ll use when the day comes to become part-time RVers again but our extra stock of toiletries and clothes we use up as needed. We only spent a few minutes checking E-mails and the weather report on the computers. Kathy continued with more organizing inside the trailer while I prepped the truck and got things looking neat outside.
By 9:00 we were at the Home Hardware in McGregor looking for a certain sized food storage container that we have been having difficulty finding. We lucked out finding two and when asked if they had more they offered to order them for us. They should arrive this Wednesday afternoon. Wow that’s what you call small town service.

Taking Walker Road north to get to the apartment we took a different backroad shortcut where we got a big surprise. We passed by a home that was under a major renovation that had enough solar power to run a small business off the grid. Someone must have gotten fed up with the rising costs of electricity.

The first thing Kathy did when we got to the apartment was to say good-bye to her fancy chair. After it was loaded in the truck we took a few minutes to deliver it to our daughter Karen’s home. Kathy had noticed one of Karen’s living room chairs looking quite worn from wear when we visited last week so we simply put it in the living room and left. Before getting to the apartment I stopped at the Beer Store to drop-off some empties.

In the apartment after disconnecting our old cable Television Controller and Internet Router I had to make a box to cover our flat screen television. Since this wasn’t the first time doing this it was ready to be transported in less than twenty minutes. Kathy was in such a rush to get everything out of the apartment that she kept stacking everything close to the door but actually directly in my path.

It was after 1:00 when we left the apartment and our first stop was at the local U-Haul where we got a refund for unused boxes we had purchased back in January. Our next stop was at Arby’s where we used a coupon and had a very late but tasty and filling lunch.

Arriving at Guardian Storage we first got our mail before going to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. When closing up yesterday we had a little problem which is what prompted our new strategy of getting rid of some of our belongings (STUFF). Today when we went to open the rollup door it barely went up a foot before jamming. Looking under the door I noted our box-spring and mattress had fallen against the door spool. I belly crawled under the door in order to fix the problem. (Made me feel like I was working again.) We spent the next two hours moving a lot of things in order to remove two pieces of furniture and rearranging the one side of the unit. Now we have lots of space with no chance of the same problem happening again.

With only the furniture loaded in the truck we first stopped at the Pioneer gas station and topped off the fuel. Next we were on our way up Jefferson Avenue when only two hundred feet from the intersection I applied my signal to turn. When I did that a woman fifty feet from the intersection pulls out right in front of me. Jefferson Avenue now has dually brake marks on the pavement and when we stopped only two feet from her driver’s door she gives me the finger. Where did she learn to drive?

We stopped at Value Village where we donated the Bookcase and Computer Desk we had taken from our storage unit. They were more than willing to take them as we peeled the saran wrap from them. I even helped them reassemble the shelves on the desk before we left.

At the apartment it took less than a half hour to finish loading everything in the truck. We officially handed in our keys at 4:30 and said our goodbyes to Dan and Chris.

We now had to stop at the local Cogeco cable outlet at the Devonshire Mall to hand in the Television Controllers and Internet Router. Kathy stayed with the truck to make certain nobody decided they needed our things more than we did. With three people ahead of me I was out in about twenty minutes with a receipt of return.

We made a quick stop at the trailer where we unloaded a huge load of Cxxxxxxxs gifts and a few other things. We noticed out concrete pad for our shed had been delivered as well as the picnic table and fire ring.

We were now on our way to Amherstburg where our first priority was to have supper. It was 6:00 when we pulled into Subway where using a coupon we enjoyed a satisfying meal at a reduced price.

We arrived at Kevin and Melissa’s house around 6:30 where Kevin and I unloaded the utility cart and appliance while Kathy started visiting with Melissa. We also dropped off our two office chairs that we had used at the computers. One went directly to our grandson Matthew’s room where he had been using a stool when working at his computer. We had a pleasant visit where Melissa served us veggies and dip as a healthier See Food Diet.

It was just after 8:00 when we were on our way home (Yes the trailer is now our home) when Kathy remembered we needed some bread and few other things. Turning around we were at Walmart in less than five minutes. We were about to leave when who should walk in but Kevin and Melissa who also needed some supplies.

We arrived home by 9:00 and moments later the phone was ringing. It was our daughter Karen calling to say she saw that the “Chair Fairy” had been to her house. She really appreciated the gift and plans to rearrange her living room tomorrow after work.

Now that we are done with the apartment we can begin to relax and start enjoying our Fulltiming Lifestyle. Our first priority will be to get our RV organized.  Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time. 

Krackers

You know you're getting old when 

you quit trying to hold your stomach in, 

no matter who walks in the room.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tired and Just About Ready To Enjoy Fulltiming.


Our Location today is McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

It felt so wonderful waking up in the trailer for the first time after nearly an eleven-month absence. We had no problem what so ever falling asleep last night because we were both so wiped out from yesterday’s exertion. Somehow deep in the back of our minds we knew that the job wasn’t finished and we were both wide awake by 7:00 this morning. After eating our breakfast, we did take a few minutes to check E-mails and truly appreciated the comments of encouragement that we were receiving. The idea of getting out of the apartment early was in part due to the upcoming weather forecasts and they are not looking that good for the next week. We also didn’t want to kill ourselves rushing to clean up the apartment within a couple of days.
While Kathy organized a few things on the inside of the trailer I was outside taking the fifth wheel hitch out of the truck. We had to do more hauling today but in order to maximize our load such things had to be done. We had driven out of the park before we realized we’d forgotten our insulated shopping bags for transferring the food from the apartment fridge. As reported yesterday the trailer fridge does work on electric so we’ll just have get the propane part working before we go anywhere.
At the apartment we gathered the linens and towels that we’d used the last few days and I brought them down to the laundry room.  Kathy and I worked together to wrap up the mattress and box spring before going back to start drying only some of the linens. The machines in the laundry room do not use coins but an electronic card that you apply monies to use. The minimum you can add to the card was way more than we needed to add. The company only services apartment buildings and would not refund unused monies on the card so we simply used as much off the card as possible and would later bring the rest of the linens to a laundromat to dry.

It was time to start hauling boxes and containers to the truck but by that time it was past noon and we were tired and hungry. We chose to walk over to the nearby restaurant called the Spitfire Pub. (We’ve lived here for nearly five years and this was our first visit.) The food, service and cost were all great and we actually started feeling human again after eating.  

Back to work it didn’t take long to load the truck with all the containers and boxes then Kathy helped guide me with the box spring to add to the load. Because of the weight of our mattress I asked Chris the assistant manager to help me load that and he was more than happy to do it.

It was nearly 2:30 by the time we reached Guardian Storage due to a train blocking the tracks for nearly a half hour and then the front gate pad would not open the gate. Luckily we have a remote gate opener that opened the larger service gate. Not only did we add more to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit today we also needed to take things out that we’d accidentally packed away.

It was past 5:00 by the time we finished there and once again we needed to stop to get something to eat. We stopped at Burger King where we each had a chicken sandwich and small smoothie for our supper. We made a quick stop before 6:00 at Canadian Tire before returning to the apartment.

When we left the apartment we had our bicycles and the only room with anything left to clean out is the living room and most of it we won’t be keeping. Kathy swept all the other rooms clean and emptied the fridge. We stopped at a laundromat and got the remaining linens dried before heading back to our trailer.

Tomorrow we’ll finally be rid of the apartment and not have to worry about being out for the end of the month. We’ll also be able to start enjoying our Fulltime Lifestyle more. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time. 
 
Sorry too busy to take
pictures today.

Krackers

You Might Be a Redneck If 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo could be any female in your family.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Jumped The Gun, Fulltimers At Last.


Our Location today is  McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

Due to my not being able to sleep any later we were both up by 7:00 this morning. It wasn’t all from the problems with the CPAP mask but a good deal of it was the anxiousness of getting the move to our trailer under way.

By 8:00 this morning we’d had breakfast washed the dishes and were on our way to Guardian Storage to pick up our trailer. After arriving Kathy went inside to make certain everything was secured for travel. She also checked the coolness of the fridge that we had turned on yesterday. “Huston We Have A Problem!” It was not cool and we spent a few minutes trying to make it fire up on propane with no luck. All we could hope for was that it would later work on the electrical. By the time we’d cleaned our spot and picked up the planks the trailer sat on through the winter it was nearly 9:00 by the time we were on our way to the apartment.


Bringing the trailer to the old pad behind the parking lot and turning the trailer was no problem because we had parked the car in such a way that nobody else could get in there. It didn’t take long to open the slides in preparation to start loading the trailer.
Our trailer safely tucked in on the rear pad behind the parking lot.
As soon as we were in the apartment I called our daughter Karen to see if Tyler was up and ready to help me move the couch. We had asked him the other night when he’d just gotten his braces and he’d agreed.  Since he just got his braces Karen and Greg have been letting Tyler have late night weekends so he had just gotten up.
Our disassembled loveseat before going to the trauler.
I took the time to take the backs off the loveseat so it would be easier to handle. Waiting another fifteen minutes I drove the car over to pick up my helper for the day. Kathy was busy the entire time packing away the remaining dishes from the kitchen.
Kathy constantly busy packing.
It was just after 10:00 when we got back to the apartment. Since our utility cart doubles as a fridge cart we stood the bottom of the loveseat on end and used the cart to bring it out to the trailer. That was a lot better than carrying it the whole distance. Once that was inside the trailer Tyler and I used two shopping carts to haul more items to the trailer while Kathy continued packing.
Wheeling the loveseat base to the trailer.
It was nearly noon when we all decided it was time for lunch so while Kathy was inspecting the way things had been placed Tyler and I returned shopping carts to the apartment. That’s where I had another problem. I had lost a set of apartment keys. Using my spare set I continued on while Tyler and Kathy retraced my steps and found the keys inside the truck where I had loaded some things earlier.
Tyler helping me load the bottom of the loveseat in the trailer.
Tyler chose Dairy Queen for lunch which helped all of us feel more alive. We had a chance to talk and have a few laughs when we compared how things are in High School nowadays compared to when we went. Times have changed. We dropped Tyler off back at home with a big Thank You before returning to the apartment.
Tyler and I bringing things to the trailer.
Kathy was worried about the fridge not working so we didn’t take any frozen food and only a few things from the apartment fridge. We had to straighten a few things in the trailer before we could leave. That was when Dan the building manager and his assistant Chris showed up to look at the trailer. We had offered them a tour before but they had just gotten free. They are both interested in RVing and have picked our brains about it many times. They were both amazed at how the trailer is built and wished they were doing the same as us.
A view of our trailer we don't normally see.
It was nearly 3:00 when we left the apartment and it seemed that no matter the road we took there was little traffic. In less than a half hour we were driving through the gate to Wildwood Golf and RV Park. Our site had been cleaned and leveled. Luckily the neighbors across were not in so we were able to back the trailer in fairly easy.
Arriving at our site.
We were busy unpacking and organizing the trailer as well as dewinterizing it when right on schedule at 5:30 there was a knock on the door. Chris the Cable 1 Installer had arrived to install our Cable and Internet until we go south cheaper than we had at the apartment. We won’t have the program selections on television like the apartment but the internet is proving to be better.
Lots of neighbours looking on.
It was nearly 6:30 when he left and we were both starving and tired so we headed up to the 19th Hole Restaurant at the front of the park. The prices were reasonable, the service fast and courteous, and the food was delicious. We’ll be going back.
Home for the start of our Fulltiming.
We are both achy and will probably be in bed early tonight and sleep late tomorrow. The temperature tonight is dropping to just above freezing. We’ll be going back to the apartment to finish clearing it out. I also have to do laundry so we can store those linens. Tomorrow night we’ll have a full fridge and freezer and maybe even a Barbecue. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Most pictures taken by Kathy.

Krackers

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You can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.

Friday, April 22, 2016

One More Night.


Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

Our original game plan for us to start Fulltiming was on the last day of the month of April but we have been moving things at such a pace we want to start early. Our plan was to tow our trailer here to the apartment so that we could install our new Loveseat as well as adding all the food and clothes then bring it out to Wildwood Golf and RV Park.
We were both up by 7:00 this morning and neither of us could sleep very well because of the anticipation of our upcoming move to our trailer. Shortly after finishing breakfast and coffee at the computers we started examining what we could bring to the trailer and get it stowed away before bringing the trailer to the apartment. Most of the morning was spent loading the truck with not only things for the trailer but other items that could be put in the storage unit at this time. I also inspected the old pad behind the parking lot that we intend to park the trailer on and ended up cleaning the remains of a couple of broken beer bottles because we don’t need any flat tires when they can be avoided.

By 11:30 the truck was at its limit and it was time to grill lunch. The Weber did a great job of grilling some hamburgers to go with the sides Kathy had gotten ready. This helped to reduce what we’ll have to load in the trailer tomorrow.
We arrived at Guardian Storage just before 1:00 and the first thing we did was go to the office. Wendy had returned from her vacation so while we got our mail we also notified her the trailer would be leaving their yard for the last time before noon on Saturday. She also follows our blog and is looking forward to reading of our adventures.
Next we stopped at our Climate Controlled Storage Unit where we managed to unload quite a bit of our load. Then we drove to our trailer where after opening the slides we started organizing the containers of clothes into their drawers as well as filling the pantry with the food stocks that we had brought along. It was at this point that we realized I’d accidentally loaded some clothing that had to go in storage under the things for the trailer. Another quick stop at the storage unit where we finished unloading everything. On the way back to the apartment we made a quick stop at the Dollar Store where Kathy picked up wrapping material so she could continue wrapping Cxxxxxxxs gifts.

We got home just before 6:00 so after I grilled another steak on the Weber to go with the Acorn Squash Kathy had made we watched the news as we ate our supper. As soon as we’d finished eating Kathy started doing more Cxxxxxxxs wrapping while I ran an errand to the Home Hardware. When I got back I positioned both the car and truck near the end of the parking lot so nobody else will park on the pad we’ll use for the trailer tomorrow.
We are hoping that we can sleep properly tonight. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time. 

Krackers

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You've ever tried on a bra at a yard sale.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Finally Getting There.


Our Location today is Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

By changing the size of the cushion on the new CPAP mask I managed to have a slightly better night of sleep. I even managed to wake up shortly after 7:30 feeling much more refreshed. Kathy was up moments before 8:00 noticing that I was missing from the bed. As we were having breakfast she stated that the redness from the windburn caused by the other mask was slowly disappearing.
We spoke of the need to pick up a few supplies that we needed but hadn’t done on the off chance that we could get away without them. By 9:00 we were on our way to the east end Walmart where we lucked out on finding another large clear plastic storage container but struck out on the other item. We continued our search at Canadian Tire and Jysk with no luck but because we were so close we drove to the west end Walmart. After searching the appropriate aisles without any luck as we were heading for the door we found exactly what we were looking for on the wrong side of the store.
We were home on time to have lunch before we started digging in on more of our chores in preparation for our Fulltiming Adventure. Kathy wrapped as many of the Cxxxxxxxs gifts that she possibly could before running out of packaging. I had made the mistake the other day of bringing our backup laptop computer to the trailer without adding the new Norton Antivirus. Having retrieved it on Tuesday I tried to update it on our unlimited WiFi this afternoon with the same results as our other laptops it had also been Hacked by someone using our internet connection. While it was being repaired via remote Kathy had me removing the last of our gadgets hanging on the walls throughout the apartment. We then spent the remainder of the afternoon packing more boxes and containers.
It was nearly 4:30 when we started getting supper ready. It was still damp outside from the all-day rain we had and the temperature only made it to 55 F (13 C) but I used the Weber to grill a delicious steak that we shared. This helped to use up some food from the freezer that is larger than the one we have in the trailer. Kathy made all the sides using partially used containers from inside the fridge.
The weather guessers on the 6 o’clock news said there was a sudden change for the better in the next couple of days coming our way tomorrow. That’s music to our ears. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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